Jul 17, 2014, 1:53 PM EST
Here are this week’s MLB Power Rankings featuring thoughts on each team from Mark Zuckerman, Chase Hughes and myself, Steve Roney: LAUNCH PHOTO GALLERY 1. Oakland Athletics (LW: 1) – Roney: I still love the trade for the Shark and Hammel, but you have to wonder if Russell could have been better used to bring in, say,…
Jul 16, 2014, 5:54 PM EST
On this week’s All-Star break edition of ‘Baseball in the District,’ Tim Murray of ESPN 980 and I welcomed in a very special guest. Nationals top prospect Lucas Giolito joined us to talk about his experience at the MLB Futures Game in Minnesota, as well as his 2014 season with the Hagerstown Suns. Giolito was great…
Jul 14, 2014, 12:00 PM EST
Top storylines: All-Star Game – This week is the 2014 All-Star break, giving the Nationals four days off before they begin the final 2 1/2 months of the season. Despite sitting tied for first place at the moment, the Nationals will not be well-represented in Minnesota. None of their players will be in the Home Run Derby on…
Jul 14, 2014, 6:00 AM EST
Jayson Werth capped off his 2014 first half with another solid game on Sunday, a four-RBI performance in the Nationals’ 10-3 win over the Phillies. Werth notched two hits and a walk, and blasted his 12th home run of the season. The veteran’s recent surge is coming at a great time for the Nats, as…
Jul 13, 2014, 2:56 PM EST
[Updated: 5:03 p.m.] Washington Nationals reliever Tyler Clippard has been added to the 2014 National League All-Star roster, the Nats announced on Sunday. The news comes two days after Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann, the team’s lone All-Star Game representative, was forced to leave Friday’s game against Philadelphia with a right bicep strain. Clippard, 29, was added…
Jul 13, 2014, 12:01 PM EST
Today the Nationals play their final game before the All-Star break with a chance to take two of three against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Tanner Roark (7-6, 3.12) will take the mound after skipping his previous start due to last Tuesday’s postponement. Roark last pitched on July 4, a stretch of nine days. He’ll…
Jul 11, 2014, 1:58 PM EST
This week’s episode of The Baseball Show featured an evaluation of the Nationals at the midseason point. In this first clip, Mark talks with Joe Orsulak and guest host Jill Sorenson about the biggest surprises in the first half of 2014. They also discuss who has been the Nats’ most valuable player. Check it out here:…
Jul 11, 2014, 10:51 AM EST
With the Nationals and Orioles squaring off this week, Tim Murray of ESPN 980 and I figured it was a good time to welcome in an O’s insider. This week for our first guest, we were joined by CSNbaltimore.com Orioles reporter Rich Dubroff. Rich has covered baseball and the Orioles for many years and had…
Jul 11, 2014, 8:00 AM EST
For much of the 10 seasons since the Nationals moved to Washington, the regional rivalry of the Nats and Orioles has generally featured little more than a short commute between ballparks. As recently as three years ago, both teams were perennially among the worst in baseball. And by the time they faced each other in interleague play,…
Jul 10, 2014, 11:40 PM EST
[Updated 11:49 p.m.] As Ian Desmond grimaced and slowly walked down the first base line in the eighth inningThursday night, it seemed for an instant as if the Nationals were on the verge of losing their shortstop for the foreseeable future. Desmond’s injury came as a result of a hit-by-pitch from Orioles reliever Darren O’Day, whose…
Jul 10, 2014, 9:54 PM EST
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals came into Thursday night looking for a series win against the Orioles, but a rocky first three innings by Gio Gonzalez set the tone for what ended up a close loss for Washington. The Nats came back with a run in the fourth and two more in the sixth to…
Jul 10, 2014, 6:17 PM EST
With a left-handed pitcher in Wei-Yin Chen on the mound starting for the Orioles, Nationals manager Matt Williams made a bit of a surprise decision to start Kevin Frandsen at second base on Thursday. Danny Espinosa had fared well the night before in his first start since June 27, and he hits .47 points higher…
Jul 10, 2014, 3:22 PM EST
BALTIMORE – Thanks to a postponement on Tuesday and a 6-2 win on Wednesday, the Nationals now find themselves with an opportunity to take the series against the Orioles in Baltimore. Gio Gonzalez (6-4, 3.52) will make his 14th start of the season looking to secure the rubber game of this interleage matchup and the…
Jul 9, 2014, 12:04 PM EST
Here are this week’s MLB Power Rankings featuring thoughts on each team from Mark Zuckerman, Chase Hughes and myself, Steve Roney: LAUNCH PHOTO GALLERY 1. Athletics (LW: 1) – Zuckerman: Props to Billy Beane, who understands the time is now for Oakland to go all-in. This team is scary-good. 2. Angels (LW: 4) – Zuckerman: They might…
Jul 8, 2014, 5:40 PM EST
Since returning from a nine-week absence in late June, Bryce Harper has yet to find his form on offense. It’s only been seven games, but the guy who hit three home runs in his final rehab outing has yet to show up. After going 0-for-3 with two walks in the Nats’ loss to the Orioles on Monday…
Jul 5, 2014, 11:56 AM EST
After a tough, win streak-ending loss to the Cubs on the 4th of July, the Nationals got a bit of a break for the second game of this series. Late Friday night the Cubs traded their No. 1 starter, Jeff Samardzija to the Oakland Athletics, right before he was set to start against the Nats.…
Jul 3, 2014, 5:12 PM EST
Here are this week’s power rankings with analysis from Mark Zuckerman, Steve Roney and I: 1. Athletics — Hughes: Scott Kazmir is a legitimate Cy Young candidate right now.2. Brewers — Zuckerman: Peripheral stats still say they’re not quite this good, should come back to earth a bit. 3. Tigers — Zuckerman: Rick Porcello, forgotten man of Detroit’s…
Jul 1, 2014, 12:00 PM EST
This week’s episode of ‘Baseball in the District’ happened to fall right at the halfway point of the 2014 season. With that in mind, Tim Murray of ESPN 980 and I evaluated where they are right now and made predictions for the second half. We also welcomed in two guests. The first was radio voice of the…
Jul 1, 2014, 12:24 AM EST
It had been 80 games since the Nationals last had their full lineup together and healthy, the group Mike Rizzo assembled for this season before injuries struck almost immediately on Opening Day. Half a season where the Nats patched together lineup cards just hoping to stay afloat in the NL East. On Monday, Bryce Harper…
Jun 30, 2014, 5:48 PM EST
Finally having Bryce Harper back in the mix on Monday, Matt Williams’ lineup card looked much like it did on Opening Day, the last time he had a roster at full health to choose from. Harper is back in left field with Ryan Zimmerman at third base, Anthony Rendon is back at second. Denard Span remains…
Jun 30, 2014, 2:49 PM EST
The Nationals made official on Monday the activation of Bryce Harper from the disabled list, setting up his expected return to the lineup after missing more than two months with a torn ligament in his left thumb. Reliever Xavier Cedeno was sent down to Triple-A Syracuse as the corresponding move. Harper has been out since April…
Jun 30, 2014, 11:00 AM EST
Top storylines: Harper’s return – It’s been over two months since Bryce Harper last took the field with the Nationals, but his long recovery from a torn ligament in his left thumb is just about over. Barring something unforeseen, Harper is expected to be in the Nats’ lineup to face the Colorado Rockies on Monday night. Harper…
Jun 27, 2014, 4:50 PM EST
Nationals pitching prospect A.J. Cole was promoted from Harrisburg to Triple-A Syracuse on Friday, as he continues his development as one of the Nats’ most promising minor leaguers. Cole, 22, is considered the team’s second best prospect after fellow right-hander Lucas Giolito and was ranked 69th among all MLB prospects by Baseball America prior to…
Jun 27, 2014, 9:51 AM EST
The return of Bryce Harper is getting close, it could happen as soon as Monday, according to Matt Williams. When he gets back the Nationals will have their full Opening Day lineup, a rare luxury for the team this season. Harper has been tearing it up in the minor leagues, but what impact will he…
Jun 26, 2014, 6:00 AM EST
Despite a disaster of a series finale – a 9-2 loss to the Brewers that was capped by the benches clearing – the Nationals have to be pretty satisfied with their performance in Milwaukee. They won the first two games against the NL’s best team, including a 16-inning marathon that took just about everything out of them. Now,…
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As ESPN-980 AM's Nats Insider, Mark makes daily appearances on the station's various shows. Here's the 2014 schedule (subject to change)...
MON: 12:45 p.m.
TUE: 2:30 p.m.
WED: 4:30 p.m.
THU: 2:30 p.m.
FRI: 1:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.
SAT: 10:30 a.m.
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